In his post-game remarks after the Miami Heat were eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks, LeBron James remained rather defiant if understandably deferential to the new NBA champions. James, who had a team-high 21 points in Game 6, said that he and the Heat worked hard enough to get here and win a championship.
"I'm not going to hang my head low," James said. He followed that up by addressing the legions of sports fans who dislike him following the pomp and bombast of both his "Decision" last July and the Heat's celebration rally for fans. LeBron repeated a few times that he felt upset that he didn't perform at his best during the NBA Finals because it hurts him and his teammates. He also admitted that falling short of the NBA Championship represented a "personal failure."
"Any time you feel like you get to the top of the mountain and you fall off, that's definitely a personal failure," he said.
LeBron did commend the Mavericks' "underrated" defense, and credited it with keeping him out of the paint and off of the foul line. James had just 20 free throws in the Finals; he's had 20 or more in a single game 14 times in his career.
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